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Ealing Trailfinders skipper targets top four place

Kenny confident going into new Championship campaign

Opening match: Ealing Trailfinders' Danny Kenny and Rotherham Titans' Tom Holmes

Danny Kenny insists newly-promoted Ealing Trailfinders will be targeting a top-four finish in the Greene King IPA Championship this season – despite admitting the standard is not far off the Aviva Premiership.

Ealing won National League One last season to secure a return to English rugby’s second tier at the first time of asking – and now Kenny wants to correct the recent yo-yo tag and establish the club as a mainstay of the Championship.

However, despite the stiff opposition, Kenny is already dreaming of back-to-back promotions next season as he looks to cause some bloody noses to some of the Championship’s heavy hitters.

The back rower said: “We talked about it in pre-season and we are an ambitious squad, so we are aiming for the top of the Championship.

“If not then I don’t think you should be in this competition, because you have to imagine you can win. That is what we will be looking to do.

“We will be playing fearless rugby. We will respect the other teams, but we will be fearless, and we are really looking forward to the season.

“I don’t think it (a top four finish) is unrealistic. If you don’t believe in it then you won’t achieve it. There is a lot of belief, and we have very high-quality players in the squad.

“If you believe yourself that you can do it then you can. We are all really looking forward to it.”

New face: Rhys Crane has signed from London Welsh

Ealing have captured Tristan Roberts, Alex Davies and Rhys Crane from London Welsh, as well as England Students prop Sam Rodman. Centre Toby Howley-Berridge also arrives from Plymouth Albion, while while hooker Rhys Lawrence joins from Bristol.

Kenny added: “I think you saw from last season’s final that the standard in the Championship is not far away from the Premiership.

“We have recruited well. We have a lot of ex-Premiership players and a lot of players who have played international rugby, so we are not afraid of what is in store for us this season.

“I think it is important to have that experience, because if you have people that have experienced it, then when things are not going right, they know the right things to say at the right times. They have been there before, so they can give you words of wisdom.”

Another newbie: Bristol Rugby's Rhys Lawrence

The 2015/16 Greene King IPA Championship kicks-off on September 5th. To stay up-to-date with all the latest action from across the league, follow @Champrugby on Twitter. Ealing start their season at Rotherham Titans.

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